Sweet, Sweet Summertime

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What is it about summer that makes it possible to feel so free, so brave, and so uninhibited? How quickly we forget the frozen winter, the months spent curled up in layers upon layers where we sat cursing mother nature. Is it the sun? Does she make us drunk on heat and hope and on wearing the bare minimum of clothing? 

It lures us in with the promise of rest and relaxation. A time to renew yourself. In the winter we look at the weeks ahead spread out in front of us, days upon days of sipping cocktails on the porch while getting lost in good book. Of early morning and late nights that seem never-ending. Then, just like that it’s gone. 

Just like that. It’s July. Where did June go? 

Our summer has been overflowing. With fun, with trips, with disappointment, with weddings, with celebrations, and with low bank accounts. With wine, and books, and long walks and talks on Adirondacks. 


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In June we celebrated our first anniversary and my parents 40th anniversary. We celebrated a bachelorette party and my dad’s birthday and Father’s day. Crabcakes, and wine, and cake, and champagne, and martinis, and cheese, and ice cream. 

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We went to a wedding and danced in a field. I celebrated with good women friends with dinners and talks in the kitchen and long walks in the park. We played tourist in our own town and visited a new winery. We bawled our way through The Fault in Our Stars. We laughed our way through the second season of Orange is the New Black. I loss brain cells by getting addicted to the horrible I Wanna Marry Harry. But it made me laugh during a time when I just wanted to cry. So I said it was a win. 

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This past weekend we cleaned and I crafted and designed for another wedding. We went to a local theatre production of Les Miserables. I think this was about my 5th time I’ve seen Les Mis on stage. I’m obsessed. This show was a huge part of my childhood. I’d listen to the cassette tape for hours. I’d sit at the piano and play and sing every song over and over. I have every single line memorized. In case you’re wondering, no this did not make me hugely popular.

I enjoyed this smaller production with Ryan and even more so because one of our friends was part of the ensemble. It rivaled Broadway productions in heart and soul. Afterwards we hit the town for a few drinks. Sunday, we sat for hours outside reading. This weekend I finished “The Paris Wife” and “We Were Liars”. Both amazing. Later we enjoyed dinner with my parents out our neighborhood bar and grill.

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This summer has been beautiful. We enjoy lingering out on our deck for as long as possible. Talking about every little thing and making dreams for the future. We are filled with hope.  Above, the stars light the country sky, demanding attention. But, don’t they know that all that is worth celebrating is right down here on earth, right here, between the two of us? 

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xoxo Katie

Recognizing Love as the Real Deal

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How people fall in love always amazes me. It’s like a birth of a new child. All of  a sudden there is this whole new element present where there used to be nothing and you nurture it and watch and grow as it takes up residence in your heart. It’s as simple as it is complex. Love is simply present, out of no where, and changing your life all the same.

My brother met his wife in late Spring of 2009. They moved in together in June, were engaged in November, and were married the following March. It was a whirlwind romance to everyone viewing their love from the outside. He first introduced us to Veronica during our family beach vacation at their home in Wrightsville Beach, NC. I admired her courage, meeting her new loves entire family in a bikini. They moved in together that same week, and I couldn’t help but to think he was being a little foolish. And please let me say that I love Veronica dearly. She instantly felt like she belonged in our family that very week and I received a sister I never had. She’s one of the sweetest and humble women I know. But, from the outside, I didn’t understand why they were moving so fast. 

When their fastness was questioned, my brother replied with a confident, “It is what it is.” 

I had no idea what that meant. It seemed like a callous “whatever” statement. A way to brush me off. And rightly so. No one else has any business with any one else’s love life. 

The intrusion and questions continued as they quickly spun forward into a quick engagement followed by a beautiful wedding 4 months later. People questioned their motives, the word “pregnant” passed between hushed conversations. Who was anyone else to judge? They simply could not wait to be married, to start their lives as a unified couple. 

At that time in my life I couldn’t imagine loving someone THAT much with that much urgency. I didn’t believe it was possible. For me at least. And yes, I still hoped to one day get married, have a family, and to feel love. I simply couldn’t even picture that future for myself. 

I’m the type of person that could be alone for an entire weekend and be perfectly content by myself. I wouldn’t get bored or feel terribly lonely. As a child I’d play for hours by myself, making up elaborate imaginary stories. I can go on long solitary walks. There are certain movies and TV shows that I wish to watch by alone. I need silence to read and write, to really escape from my current reality and get absorbed in the story or my thoughts. I value my “me time” and I used to have inner dialogues with myself that I”d never dream of sharing with even my best friend, thinking no one else would understand.

I think you know where this is going…

I truly knew Ryan was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with when I invited him along to my family’s beach vacation.

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These vacations are sacred ground to me. I let very few people into that arena. However clichΓ© it sounds, the beach is a spiritual place for me. I could catch waves, swim out past the breakers and float on my back for hours, and take long meandering walks by myself all day. This is where I refueled, connected with myself and dreamed. These experiences belonged to me. They were all my own. 

But with Ryan I couldn’t wait to share each of my special moments with him. I couldn’t wait to have shared experiences and to create new ones at my place. 

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When I met Ryan it felt like when you get caught off guard in the ocean by a breaking wave and are pulled under the current. At first you can’t breathe and you panic. But soon enough under water with your hair floating magically around you and the salt water rushing through your finger tips feels like where you are meant to be. It’s quiet yet alive, and you can’t imagine being up out of the water in the cold air ever again. 

We fell in love fast and hard. I simply couldn’t imagine a world without him in it. 

I could feel my friends’ judgement and that’s when those familiar words slipped out of my mouth, “It is what it is”. He is my love. Once I knew it, I couldn’t live without it. 

Soon enough we were engaged and then married six months later. The ocean still remains a spiritual getaway for me. But now I have something even greater. I have a love that is ours. It feels like an exciting secret, an inside joke that can be told with a simple smile. Our own place that I can retreat to anytime I want. It’s as complex as it is simple. It simply is. 

xoxo Katie
 

 

Dad – My Quiet Supporter

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I never knew how much of a gift I had in my father until my freshman year of college. It was the start of my second semester and my new best friend and I were moving into a new dorm room together. We were ecstatic that we were both able to escape from our equally crazy previous roommates and were looking forward to an adventurous semester together. As we anxiously awaited for Laura’s dad to arrive to assume our beds into bunk beds, we discussed all the fun parties we could throw in our new spacious room. (Imagine 12 x 12 being spacious.)

I hadn’t met Laura’s father before and was a little nervous. He came barreling into the room with his overflowing tool box and barely said hello before getting to work on the beds. The next 30 minutes was full of more swear words than I heard at all the frat parties from my first semester.

Laura’s dad was loud and red-faced and took no time for niceties. I remember feeling embarrassed that I was scared.  Later, after he left, I said to Laura, “God, I’m SO sorry that we made your Dad do that, if I had known it was going to be such a problem we could have tried to tackle it ourselves.”

She just laughed and said, “You mean because he was swearing? Katie, that’s NORMAL. That’s what dads do. It doesn’t mean he didn’t want to do it. Chill out.”

I thought he was going to burn the dorm down. That was normal? Not in my house.

My dad was the opposite. He is the most tender, calm, kind, and passionate man I know. Our house wasn’t filled with the typical masculinity or stereotypical “dad” culture. Not that there is ANYTHING wrong with that. I just didn’t grow up with it or ever experience it on a first hand basis. 

Dads are often overlooked when credit is due in the parenting game. I’m so grateful for my Dad. My dad was always present. He was quiet and timid and the strongest way possible. He was nurturing and calm and sometimes could say the most without saying anything at all. He was always my quiet supporter, cheering for me from the sidelines in the most graceful way. He’s still there, I can feel him even now, waving his arms and smiling his big Dad smile. 

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A big emphasis was never put on sports – I still can barely sit through a sporting event, live or on TV, without being confused or bored. Of course this doesn’t mean I didn’t have fun playing sports with my Dad. We had wild games of wiffle ball and basketball and goofed around in the pool and ocean. He taught me how to play tennis and golf, and when I whined about hating golf and being the only girl player after only a year he did not put up a fight and let me quit. Thanks Dad for letting me be me. 

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Whenever my mom was out late at a parent teacher conference or other event and dad was responsible for dinner he’d whip up one of three things, a frozen Tony’s pizza, pancakes, or grilled cheese. These nights always felt like vacation. We didn’t even use the “fancy” napkins with dinner and got to make fun ice cream sundaes afterwards. Thanks for teaching me to put cereal and pretzels in my sundaes. It’s the little things that make life fun. 

He’d always invited me to go on walks with him, whether is was at the county park, at the beach or just in our neighborhood.

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We’d quietly chat about my day at school or walk in a calm silence as he’d point out small nuances and little details in the landscapes. Whether it be the way squirrels played, the shapes of the clouds, the new shade the leaves were changing, or the odd wreath hanging on old Mr. Larson’s door. Thanks dad for always making me notice and appreciate the small things and change my perspective of my world. Even when it was in the same old neighborhood you lived in since you were a child. Perspective is key.

I was lucky to always have music playing in my house growing up. If neither of my parents were currently playing the piano in our living room, music was filling the house from the record player or stereo. If my mom was in control, which, if I’m being honest, was more often than not, we’d all be treated to Broadway tunes. Otherwise my Dad would turn on some of his classic rock favorites like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, or Deep Purple.

I remember one time I walked into the living room to find my Dad laying flat on his back on the floor with his eyes closed. Pink Floyd was playing. My first thought was, “Is he okay?” He then invited me to sit down with him. He said to close my eyes and just listen to the music. Thanks Dad, for making me slow things down and for making me always choose classic rock over modern-day pop.

He actually always seemed excited to help with boring school homework like memorizing state capitals and quizzing me on history and English facts. Once it was time to do any project that involved poster making I knew I could count on him to meet me at the dinner table with a ruler and a straight edge. He was meticulous about making straight lines and making sure everything look perfect. His art school days always showed. Thanks dad for always making it a guarantee that my projects would get an A. 

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Always prepared with a camera he taught me about negative space and how to find the right angles for your photos. Although others may judge me for taking 20 photos of the same sunset, I know he never will. Dad, thanks for showing me that beauty can be documented and we can alter our perception through photos. Even if it’s the same sun setting over the same beach year after year. 

Once it was time for me to learn how to drive he took me down to the empty parking lot at the pool. He let me drive around in circles and made sure I was completely comfortable before taking me out on the main road. As I white knuckled it on the highway and screamed whenever someone passed me or I got over 50 MPH he held his patience and never raised his voice. Thanks for having confidence in me.

As I got older I would tend to lean on my mom during the hard times and heart breaks. Yet, I always knew my dad was there, worrying about me and thinking about me. He was always aware of the problems, and even if we didn’t talk about the specifics, I knew I could count on him to take my mind of things or to just to lean on him and cry. We’d sit and be quiet together or go for a car ride or watch some sappy movie on TV. Thanks Dad for always watching girly movies and celebrity entertainment and simply being there as a quiet supporter. Also for reading my US Weekly’s so you’d be “on top of things”.

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If I needed it, I could fall into his arms and let my troubles fall aways. My dad is a little man who weighs less than I do, but when he hugs me, he hugs me with his whole heart. He makes me feel small and innocent again, like he could fix anything with a “breakfast for dinner!” night and a hug. 

Thanks for always believing in me and telling me I’m capable of doing hard things. 

Dad, you certainly made it hard for any other man to fill your shoes. Ryan is so similar to you in so many ways, it took me awhile to find someone to live up to your tender heart. You’ve shown me what a true father looks like and have done a wonderful job raising both a son and a daughter. You make my world a more beautiful place and I can’t wait to learn more from you as we continue our walks into the future. I hope you know how grateful I am for all that you do. 

 Also thanks for always letting me win at Monopoly. No one else plays like you. 

xoxo Katie

Life Update

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Hello friends! Since I’ve been MIA from this blog for the past couple of weeks with a few sporadic posts I thought I’d pop in and give a little life update. Hey, maybe you haven’t even realized that I haven’t been posting as much as I usually do, in that case, moving along…

This summer has got me on my toes and I’ve been busy celebrating and being outside. Two weeks ago, Ryan and I celebrated our one year anniversary with a mini vacation up to the Finger Lakes in NY. It was a beautiful weekend and I can’t wait to share photos and recap the trip with you.

I haven’t even had time to look at my photos because upon returning from that trip I left for my best friends bachelorette weekend in Gettysburg. Did that statement just cause you to go “huh?”. You wouldn’t believe how many people are taken aback by a bachelorette party in Gettysburg. But my bff is one of a kind and we had a kooky and crazy weekend in the country’s most haunted town. More to come on that too! 

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I love writing and connecting with all of you but never want this blog to feel like a chore. 

Therefore, this summer I’m committing to writing only when I have something to share. And when I have the time to craft a post that isn’t a little update like this or something I post simply just to post something. You know, the whole quality over quantity theory. I hope you will continue to check in with me as you are out and about enjoying your equally busy summers. 

I’m still trying to keep up reading my fellow bloggers as much as I can. Even if I’m not commenting as much, I’m still reading! Get outside! Enjoy the sun! Live your life! (and I hope no one is complaining about the heat yet after this record-breaking cold winter.)

In the meantime, follow along on Instagram

xoxo Katie

An Interview With a Photographer (tips, tools, and following your passion)

Today I have a treat for you! Are you interested in photography? Did you recently acquire a DSLR and want to learn how to shoot manually? Are you an amateur looking to hone in your skills and take your photography to the next step?

My friend, Christina, a professional photographer and blogger at Route Bliss sat down for an interview with me. We got into the nitty gritty details about her photography passion, tips of the trade, and shooting and editing equipment. 

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I’ve linked to her photography many times before, but you must check it out! Christina is a talented photographer who not only captures beautiful and scenic landmarks but knows how to find the beauty in everyday sights. 

Let’s get started! 

1. How long have you been a photographer?
Forever so to speak as an amateur — but as a business-owning photographer, almost seven years. I applied for my DBA through the local county clerk in August 2007 and according to the state comptroller’s office, went into business September 15, 2007.

2. Where did you learn your skills and how do you continue to educate yourself to take better pictures?
During my sophomore year of high school I took a film photography elective where I learned the bare bones basics + how to develop my own film and the printmaking process. Before that, I played with my dad’s SLR on occasion, always on auto.

I didn’t get serious about photography until I bought my own DSLR in 2005 and began looking at tutorials and forums as well as Flickr for inspiration. From there I’ve went to a few seminars that were portrait-related, otherwise everything I’ve learned and continue to learn has been from photography books, magazines, online workshops, blogs, forums, and the trial and error of tinkering around and figuring it out as I went.

3. What kind of gear do you use?

  • Camera body – I own three camera bodies currently — the Canon 6D is my newest and now my primary body; before that my primary body was the Canon 5D original. I also have a Canon 40D that I keep around as a backup. The first two are full-frame camera bodies and the 40D is a cropped sensor body. I also have two Canon Rebel G film bodies + a old Canon 28-135 mm lens that came with one of the film bodies that I use occasionally.
  • Lens – I have several lenses at the moment I rotate between depending on what I’m photographing. My go-to lens is the Canon 24-70 f/2.8L since its so versatile. I also have the Canon 40 mm f/2.8 ‘pancake’ lens, the Canon 100 mm f/2.8 macro lens, the Canon 70-200 mm f/4L lens, the Canon 17-40 mm f/4L lens, and the Rokinon 14 mm f/2.8 wide angle lens. I’ve owned several other Canon lenses as well as Tamron lenses in the past.
  • Tripod – I have a Manfrotto brand tripod and ballhead that cost a pretty penny but is sturdy and will hold the weight of my heaviest lenses & not blow over when hit by wind gusts.
  • Filters – I have B+W brand UV filters on most of my lenses and sometimes use a graduated neutral density filter or a polarizer filter depending on my goals/needs. The last two are either B+W or Hoya brands; spend more to get a good quality piece of glass when it comes to filters πŸ˜‰
  • Flash – I almost never use the one I have, but I do own a Sigma brand flash I purchased in 2007 for the rare indoor photography that my older cameras didn’t have the ISO capabilities to expose properly.
  • Camera bag – Currently I have an emerald green Jessica Simpson purse I found at Marshalls that holds my camera, the 24-70 lens, either the 14 mm or 17-40 lenses, and the 40 mm lens, plus pocket space for spare batteries, memory cards, my wallet, phone, chapstick, a snack, and a lens cleaning cloth. I also have a Kata camera backpack I use while traveling that’ll hold more gear. In the past I’ve used a Shootsac and the Epiphanie Lyric bag in Plum among other photography-specific bags.
  • Any other essentials? Memory cards (Sandisc’s Extreme line are my go-to’s), a microfiber lens cleaning cloth (buy them in the eye care section of a store, far cheaper and identical to what’s marketed as a camera lens cleaning cloth!), wet wipes (great for wiping down gear, your hands, or a client/photo subject’s hands or clothes when you ask them to pose somewhere that’s not pristine!), a wireless remote (for night/long exposure photography, group shots, and self portraits), a usb card reader, extra batteries, and patience!

4. Do you carry everything with you all the time? What about when you go on a trip?
Rarely — I can’t fit it all in my backpack! If my brother is traveling with me, he has an identical backpack I bought him years ago when he assisted me with sessions. Since he rarely shoots and sticks to a single body + lens on trips, I use the extra space in his to shove in extra bodies and lenses + necessary accessories.

If I’m out for the day or a short weekend trip, the stuff I mentioned that I can fit in the JS purse is the most I’ll have with me — typically just the 6D, the 24-70, and 40 mm lenses unless I go somewhere where the extra 10 mm that the 14 mm or 17-40 mm lenses provide. I rarely take my macro lens with me since I have a love/hate relationship with it.

For my 2013 roadtrip, this is roughly what I had in just my backpack:

  • Canon 5D body + (1) Canon Rebel G body
  • Canon 24-70, Canon 40 mm (on Rebel G), and Rokinon 14 mm lenses
  • Battery Charger, Card Reader, External Hard Drive, Air duster, lens/end caps, power inverter
  • Memory cards, extra batteries, lens cleaning cloth, antibacterial gel, wipes, Kleenex
  • Mini journal to record notes
  • iPod Touch (served as a point and shoot) + charging cable
  • Laptop + power cord + mouse + mousepad
  • (a few other misc items, none photog related)
  • The bro had my other film body, his Canon 30D + 28-135 lens (formerly mine), the Canon 70-200 and Canon 17-40 lenses + my old point and shoot that he uses + his laptop & power cord all in the other backpack.

5. What is your favorite subject to shoot?
Florals + landscapes are my absolute favorites, followed by dogs and urban areas. As for favorite portrait subject, its a tie between dogs and maternity sessions. I love getting down and playing with dogs while photographing them + photographing a glowing mother to be that is so excited to meet the life she’s creating is … for lack of better adjective coming to mind right now, so awesome and wonderful.

6. What kind of tools do you use for post processing? Explain your work flow. How long does it take to finish one editing project? (for example)
When using my DSLR’s, I’m shooting in a file format called RAW. When you download the images to the computer, the files cannot be viewed as images until converted into .jpg or .png formats, which I do with either Adobe Lightroom (I have v4 on one computer and v5 on another one). When I import images, I have it set up so I can automatically embed my copyright info into the metadata of the image files.

I typically just do basic edits (adjust exposure, contrast) in Lightroom, but I’ve also done full edits with presets as well.

I then export them (jpg format, size 10, 100 quality, 300 dpi) to an external drive. Sometimes I also use Adobe Bridge to view/basic edit images if I only have a few I’m working on, like the recipe posts I do on Route Bliss. All my final edits (action filters, any retouching, resizing, and watermarking) occur in Photoshop (I have CS4 on my main computer, my new one I just added Photoshop CC but haven’t used it yet). I have a brush set up with all three of my watermarks (my name + the website url) depending on which site/business they are representing.

When I’m resizing for the web, I typically size images to 900×600 at 72 dpi. For print, I leave them at the full size at 300 dpi unless a client purchases images for a smaller print size package or for web use. Watermarked proofs to clients are 600×400 at 72 dpi. If I’m batch resizing for a client, I use a program called FastStone Photo Resizer + I use Adobe Bridge to batch rename files.

Depending on what the subject is (my personal work or commissioned portrait work) determines how long it takes me to edit/process images. My stuff … as I feel like it. I’m still editing my May 2013 trip photos + a few other sets of spring 2013 images right now and I have other even older stuff that I’ve processed from RAW to JPG but haven’t gotten around to doing artsy edits or prepping for my web portfolio or to sell on fine art print sites.

Stuff that goes on my blog (non travel, that is) usually gets edited within a day or a week depending on how long I’ve planned ahead or procrastinated. Once I’ve imported them into Lightroom, its just a matter of my desired outcome for the photos, usually minutes up to an hour if I need to do retouching (i.e. removing dust spots, power lines, etc).
Portraits/commissioned work, my goal is always to be done + launch the gallery in two weeks, depending on my schedule and how brain dead I am in the evenings from sitting at a computer all day at work, I can usually finish faster than that. What can I say, money and word of mouth referrals motivates πŸ˜‰

7. In the field, what are your settings?

  • Aperture – Usually between the widest setting my lenses have — f/2.8 — and f/4 unless I’m shooting in bright sun or at night (which could be anywhere from f/2.8 to f/16)
  • Shutter Speed – I typically keep it around 1/250 but will increase it higher if shooting action stuff (i.e. my dog) or in bright sun or snowy settings. For motion or night photography, I’ll drop it anywhere from a full second to 30 seconds.
  • ISO – I keep it set between 100 ISO and 200 ISO when shooting outside, but do increase it as needed at sunrise/sunset, on overcast days, and indoors. Night photography, anywhere from 3200 ISO to 6400 ISO.
  • White Balance – Auto WB all the way. I’m too lazy to set this in the field. #sorrynotsorry. I adjust it in Lightroom when post processing if it happens to be off (i.e. fluorescent lighting or soft white light that gives a yellow cast, especially on skin tones).
  • Focus – Manual/Auto … it depends. With my 5D, I back button focused, so I alternated between the two more frequently. Auto with fast moving kiddos and dogs. Manual with still(er) subjects or where I needed more control on focal points, especially with my macro lens. I haven’t set up the back button focusing on the 6D yet, so I’ve done a lot more manual focusing with it since I got it last November.
  • Image Format – RAW/JPEG — RAW! If I forget to adjust settings between changes in location/light and royally mess up an image, I can usually recover it in post processing or do something artsy to save it. Blow an image in JPG format … and well, it may not be recoverable. #insertsadpanda I do convert a lot of my photos for the blog into PNG format, especially if I’m uploading to Facebook so I can retain as much of the image quality as possible.

8. What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
Oh geez … hmm. Understanding the combo of settings to get the perfectly exposed image. We learned what ISO, aperture, and shutter speed were in the class I took, but no examples of ‘in this setting, you’ll want to … ” to see the outcome for itself. I’m more of a hands-on learner, so trial and error has done more to help learn settings than anything. A few formally trained pros have looked down/mouthed off on how I learned photography … but not everyone learns the same way …

9. What motivates you to continue taking pictures? (Why do you do what you do)
I love capturing moments in time … whether its a destination I want to remember years from now, a moment I want to be able to share with someone that’s not there, or capture a loved one that someday won’t be there anymore, I want those moments documented for myself as well as anyone else that has hired me for a session.

10. Exactly what it is you want to say with your photographs, and how do you actually get your photographs to do that?
I want the viewer to feel as if they were there in my shoes looking through that viewfinder and feeling the moment as I did, whether its people, pets, florals, landscapes, or a scene on a city sidewalk. I don’t know how I achieve that per se other than hitting the shutter button at the right moment in time and almost always visualizing a scene as if I have a viewfinder to my face. I try to look beyond the ‘big picture’ or the obvious whenever possible.

11. Share your top 3 favorite photos you have taken.
I have so many that I picked the first three that came to mind, I have many many more:

#1: It’s a series of images taken at an air show in Fredericksburg on December 7, 2008 when the Pearl Harbor Survivors Group had their annual reunion there (Admiral Nimitz was from Fredericksburg) … it was one of the last reunions held so getting to meet, thank, and hear the stories from our greatest generation was pretty special.

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#2: This was my (and my brother’s) Pokie girl that passed away last year after 18 years here on earth. She was quite the diva and loved the camera; if I had it out, she’d pose for me and be all dramatic. I had gotten home from a session and left this chair on the back porch while I was putting everything else in the house. When I came back out to grab the chair to go put in the storage building, there she was sitting it on like this. Until I took about 10 photos, she didn’t move. Once I stopped, she hopped off and went on to check out something else.

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#3: This kiddo was one of my two favorite kids to photograph before I put my photography business on hiatus, he was such a ham and a natural in front of the camera. I handed him the sign and told him to stay still until I got into place. I barely got to where I knelt down to start shooting before he began hamming it up (having no idea what the sign said either!) … I think I shot 100 + in a row (all with different expressions) before we finally got him to calm down so we could start the family portion of the session!

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I certainly learned something new and hope you did as well! Be sure to follow Christina on Social Media to keep up on her latest photography and posts:

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